|Labels||This Is Fake DIY Records (2008)
At Large (2004-2007)
|Associated acts||The State of Georgia
Sarah Williams and the So-Called Friends
|Members||Russell "The Disaster" Searle
|Past members||Johnny White|
|Yamaha PSS 380 keyboard
Fender Mustang Bass
The Research were a band from Wakefield, England. The members were : Russell 'The Disaster' Searle (vocals/guitar/synthesizers), Georgia Lashbrook (bass/vocals/harmonica), and Sarah Williams (drums/vocals). Their songs - typically about themes of love, loss and fear - are notable for their plaintive lyrics and vocal harmonies.
In February 2006 they released their debut album, Breaking Up, via At Large Recordings, a subsidiary of EMI. Following the album's release, the band parted company with At Large, and signed to This Is Fake DIY Records, with whom they released their second album. The Old Terminal, and its accompanying single "I Think She's The One I Love", were released in autumn 2008.
In the time between the end of the band's promotion of their debut album and the announcement that they had left EMI, the band's MySpace.com blog detailed the recording of a second album in various places including Malmo, Sweden, where the band reportedly worked with Cardigans producer, Per Sunding. The band also announced that they had recruited a lead guitarist named Johnny White, and that Searle had moved from playing a keyboard live to playing guitar. The band played several concerts in this configuration before White left the band and was not replaced.
In March 2008, after a period of seeming inactivity the band's MySpace was revamped, with several new songs, and a seemingly handwritten announcement by Searle detailing the current status of the band, their departure from EMI and their plans for the future. This was followed by several blog posts clarifying aspects of the note, and answering fans' queries.
The band have now split up.
- "She's Not Leaving" (2004) - UK #73
- "C'mon Chameleon" / "I Love You But..." (2005) - UK #63
- "The Way You Used To Smile" (2005)- UK #66
- "Lonely Hearts Still Beat The Same" / "all these feelings" (2006)
- "The Hard Times" (2006)
- "For Christmas I Got Pityriasis Rosea" (2007, download only)
- "I Think She's The One I Love" (2008)
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